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Andrew Richards
Re: Range-based keywording: unique to FCP X?
on Apr 4, 2012 at 4:44:11 pm

[Richard Herd] "I applied for and will probably get a grant for 5 iMacs i5s and 5 FCPXs. I was hoping to make all the media available to all the computers all the time. Is there a real way to do that, currently?"

Yes, but there is a catch. If you uncheck the box for copying files to the Events folder and do all ingest externally (not via FCPX), you can use any shared storage system that supports your codecs and the client load (aggregate bandwidth). See the SAN forum for that. Then when you import the files into the event, FCPX just links to the media in place a la FCP7. In this case, Projects and Events are still stored on direct attached storage (Movies folder or other local drive). If you wanted to get fancy, you could do home folder syncing with OS X Server and leave the Projects and Events in the user's Movies folder (default location), but that could get unwieldy since render files are stored with Projects (another thing Apple really needs to fix). Then when they sit at any machine and log in against Open Directory on OS X Server, the contents of their home folder is synced to that machine and will show them the same thing they saw the last session on any other machine. A lot of render files would mean a lot of network traffic, hence the warning.

Xsan would let you put Events and Projects on shared storage via SAN Locations, but Xsan is expensive and complicated and not for the novice (though a lot less expensive and complicated than it used to be). Even for a workgroup as small as yours, you are still looking at minimum $25K just for equipment ($1,500 Qlogic 1400 switch, $850 SANlink Thunderbolt HBAs and cables for each client, twin $1,600 Mac mini Servers for MDCs, additional Gig-E switch for metadata traffic, fiber optic cables, and of course a qualified Fibre Channel RAID). The price goes up if you want more than a dozen usable terabytes or more switch ports for more clients. Then there's the cost of a qualified installer's time.

Either way, you'd be spending five digits to get some form of shared storage that can support editing.


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